Friday, June 29, 2007

The Weekend Newds

  • Indecent Exposure: A writer for the Daily Mail wonders when we stopped understanding how to dress modestly.
    The answer is very recently, according to Professor Aileen Ribeiro, an expert on the history of dress at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, who says that in the past the rules on appropriate dress were widely understood. She says that plunging necklines for women and tight trousers for men have been recognised as sexually provocative since the Middle Ages.

    But in previous generations, church and society dictated what was allowed. 'Many people no longer know what is appropriate unless it is written down,' she says. 'Hence our anxiety over what to wear on a formal occasion when instructions are not given. 'And when it comes to your village church service, the churches are often so desperate for churchgoers that they don't say what they think the rules should be. If they did there would be complaints.
  • High Interest: The FDIC is investigating an incident where some women enjoyed topfree equality with men at a recent golf outing.
    According to published reports and a source from within the banking insurance group, a top official in the section induced two women to take their blouses off in public.
  • The Nudist of the Opera: Some in China are upset over the surfacing of some photos of traditional Chinese Opera scenes that include nude women.
    Although people realize these bold photos are considered art, they are still talking about the relationship of Peking Opera and nudity.

    A netizen explained, "I'm not against nudity, but I'm firmly opposed to the combination of naked women and Peking Opera. I don't think people should disgrace our Chinese treasure."
  • Oh, Behave!: Mazo Beach in Wisconsin is receiving more patrols because of increased reports of sexual activity at the nude beach.
    Michael McGreevy, 66, a retired real estate broker who first visited the beach 18 years ago and often spends afternoons here with friends, says they alert rangers when they see banned behavior.

    "We seldom saw it," he says. "The mainstream people are not affected" by tougher enforcement.

    He and his beach friends, McGreevy says, do charitable work and are like "a family, a fraternity." Those who believe there's something ominous going on, he says, should "try it and get a life."
  • First Amendment Rights: A D. C. lawsuit challenges a law restricting clubs that offer nude dancing.
    The lawsuit charges that a 2001 law passed by D.C. City Council and signed by former Mayor Anthony Williams, which sets restrictions on the transfer of licenses for nude dance clubs serving liquor, is “unconstitutional on its face under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.” The suit cites past U.S. Supreme Court decisions affirming that nude dancing is a form of “protected expressive activity” under the Constitution’s First Amendment free speech clause.
  • Pants on Fire: A New Zealand man who fled a fire after bolting out of bed naked, went back into the flaming building to retrieve a cell phone and his undies.
  • The Accidental Nudist: A woman doing some housesitting found herself in a pickle.
    I remembered it while I was in the shower. Certain I'd forget to put everything in the car if I waited until breakfast, I dried myself off, deposited the towel on the bathroom counter, and proceeded--au natural--to carry the box out to the garage through Carmie's kitchen. Even as I set it on the floor and heard the kitchen door close behind me, the fleeting thought occurred that I probably should have checked to make sure it wouldn't lock.

    Too late. It already had.
  • Running of the Nudes: A UK woman plans to run through the streets of Pamplona naked as part of a PETA protest.
    She said despite pleas by Spanish authorities to cover up, she and others would run completely naked apart from red scarves, as worn by matadors, and plastic horns, symbolising the bulls. "I don't get nervous about going naked at all, I just feel excited," she said."I look forward to it all year."

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